20 January 2010

Genius Eleven: Shut up, Susan Boyle edition

I was just listening to this song, the definitive cover of the Rolling Stones' Wild Horses, from The Sundays.

Where did they go? Seriously.

Anyway, Susan Boyle's version really, really sucks, but this one doesn't.

Genius Eleven and more videos below The Sundays.

1. The Sundays - "Wild Horses"
2. Toad the Wet Sprocket - "Walk On The Ocean"
3. Tori Amos - "Silent All These Years"
4. 10,000 Maniacs - "These Are Days"
5. 'Til Tuesday - "Voices Carry"
6. R.E.M. - "Fall On Me"
7. Sarah McLachlan - "Answer"
8. The Sundays - "Here's Where The Story Ends"
9. Rachael Yamagata - "Reason Why"
10. Tori Amos - "a sorta fairytale"
11. New Order - "Bizarre Love Triangle"

Interesting there at the end.

This is still my favorite song of all time, so it's always nice when it comes up:

Rachael Yamagata. Interesting that this comes up, for my own reasons.

'Til Tuesday. Hell yeah. Not embarrassed about it at all.

Far too many songs on this list that I really, really adore...so I might just post like six videos if that's okay. Sarah McLachlan:


12 January 2010

When wingnuts cry

GayPatriot is spreading an unsubstantiated rumor about a "young Middle-Eastern man" pulling down his pants and just cold whacking off on a flight from DC to Charlotte. If it happened, that's weird. But it's revelatory of the GayPatriot's fucked up, pants-shitting, hiding-under-the-bed worldview that he refers to the alleged wanker as a "terrorist."

I mean, seriously, grow up, you drooling baby.

I like this part:

I reported the incident to a TSA supervisor at Charlotte-Douglas and he didn’t seem to care and told me to call the airline itself.
Yuh huh, and then he told everybody in the office about the wussy gay patriot baby that just called, and they laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed, and then they did some work, then they went to the water cooler and were like "hey remember this morning when that wingnut called us peeing down his leg about a supposed Muslim Masturbator on a flight he wasn't even on?"

Fun was had by all.


10 January 2010

Dear Jesus: Have you seen my baseball?

I'm sorry, but people like this

At a news conference following the prayer breakfast, [St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam] Wainwright said he prays before games that God will strengthen him "and let the other team look at me in fear."

are no different from ignorant people who believe that God sent Hurricane Katrina to punish gays. It may sound benign, but it's not. It's insipid, and it's illogical.

Fucking Comment Card Jesus or something. And what if the opposing team is ALSO talking to gods. Is there a spiritual battle in the heavens? Does The Lord have to play eeny-meeny-miney-mo (Arminian theology), or did he already plan which way that baseball was going to go, BEFORE THE VERY DAWN OF TIME (the even more retarded Calvinist theology)?

You would think that, in the West, at least, we'd have rid ourselves of the desire to sound like illiterate shepherds from 3000 years ago, but apparently not!


09 January 2010

Genius Eleven: Music keeps me sane

There's really no significance to my pick tonight, except that I ran across one of my favorite songs of all time after not hearing it for a couple of years.

So we're starting with James Taylor's "Millworker."

Genius Eleven and more videos below the James.

1. James Taylor - "Millworker" (live)
2. Carly Simon - "The Right Thing To Do"
3. Joni Mitchell - "Circle Game"
4. Carole King - "Way Over Yonder"
5. 10,000 Maniacs - "Stockton Gala Days"
6. Billy Joel - "And So It Goes"
7. Neil Young - "A Man Needs A Maid"
8. James Taylor - "Steamroller" (live)
9. Counting Crows - "Miller's Angels"
10. Annie Lennox - "Primitive"
11. Dar Williams - "When I Was A Boy"

What a strange mix...I get it at the beginning, but then it sort of goes haywire, hm?

"When I Was A Boy" also counts among my all time favorites.

Annie Lennox.

And damn you, Genius for exposing the Billy Joel in my collection, but there's not much of it, so fuck off, and this is a great song, so fuck off again.


07 January 2010

Finer points of the law

Charges were dropped in September against a former New Jersey policeman who was caught on camera getting all rapey with some cows, because they couldn't tell whether the cows liked it or not.



Wait a minute

Even the National Review people make merciless fun of Jonah Goldberg?



"The momentary masters of a fraction of a dot"

The words of Carl Sagan, who, as PZ Myers points out, was a poet.

"Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot."

It kind of puts things in perspective, and, to my mind, validates the struggles of all oppressed peoples, including the LGBT community around the world, against forces as ultimately insignificant as those who wish to dictate the terms of life on this tiny speck of dust we call home. Those who would appoint themselves moral emperors have no clothes, indeed. Our lives are not theirs to live.

Words of wisdom.


05 January 2010

Fight for your right to potty

Shorter Dennis Prager, WingNutDaily:

I'll go potty when I want! I'll go potty right here, in my seat! Whatcha gonna do, lie-bruls? But it's okay if you look at my junk.


03 January 2010

If Tiger Woods Had Been a Christian, None of This Would Have Happened

Cross-posted at Truth Wins Out

Oh boy.

This doesn't have anything to do with gay rights or the ex-gay movement, but I think it's revelatory of a certain worldview we deal with on a regular basis. This happened on Fox News this morning:

Brit Hume had some advice for Tiger Woods during this week's "Fox News Sunday." Woods will recover as a golfer, Hume says, but it remains to be seen whether he will recover as a person.

"He's said to be a Buddhist," Hume said. "I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. ... Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery."

Jesus is magic, you see! Because people who convert to Christianity never ever EVER run around on their wives, no NEVER.

This is the same worldview that beatifies Lisa Miller because she's become a fundamentalist Christian. This is the same worldview that asserts that gay people can't be Christians. This is the same worldview that worships Our Sarah Of The Perpetual Word Salad,even though they don't really know what her positions are*, because she's One Of Them. This is the same worldview that would never stop to question whether groups like the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for 'Murka, as well as their assigned pundits, et al. might be lying to them through their teeth/playing their adherents for fools, because they know their followers will never factcheck them. Or if they DO factcheck them, they factcheck within the echo chamber: "Rush was a-talkin' about it, and then I saw it on Hannity too, and then OneNewsNow had a press release about it, so I'ma gwine-a say this is probably true!"

Hume's quote also references the obsession that many American Conservatives have with "the redemption story." I'm all for changing course and righting past wrongs, but with these people it goes much further. Ted Haggard says he's "redeemed" from Teh Gay? Well, praises be! Let's not look at any of the science/question whether his claim is even valid. Nope, it's a redemption story! Slurp, slurp, slurp. Convicted Watergate criminal Chuck Colson is one of the luminaries of the Religious Right. It's a redemption story! Slurp. And again, since it's a thread running through so many of our conversations these days: Lisa Miller. She can do no wrong because She Hath Been Redeem-eth!


Here's the video, if you want to suffer through it. It's kind of funny, because after Brit Hume says the weird thing about Tiger needing to find Jesus, Bill Kristol, who is usually the wingnuttiest of them all, sort of shoots this uncomfortable look because he's sort of, um, Jewish.

(h/t Rumproast and Balloon Juice)

*Yeah, that's totally a Sarah Palin Parking Lot link. Watch it if you need entertainment for Sunday Funday!


02 January 2010

Genius Eleven: Religious Extremism Edition

I'm having a 10,000 Maniacs kind of day, and I came across this song I had sort of forgotten about -- it's weird how that happens, right, even when you've had a record for fifteen years. So I'm listening to this song "Jubilee," which I think is very relevant. In the song, Natalie Merchant tells the story, in the way only a good songwriter can do, of a simple man who becomes a religious terrorist, the fires of his anger stoked by the sight of a black girl and a white boy "kissing shamelessly." In monitoring the anti-gay movement at Truth Wins Out, and in seeing the rhetoric against black people, against the poor, against the President, etc., coming out of Greater Teabagger-dom, it's evident that the easily-led right-wing fringe is teetering ever closer to outright extremism. Religious terrorism is on the rise (not just the Muslim kind, thank you), racist hatred is boiling...it's a precarious place to be as we enter a new decade (the "Onesies") in this secular, democratic nation.

Right now, an innocent child has been kidnapped by one of her mothers, because the kidnapping mother is now a radicalized fundamentalist Christian, and she refuses to obey court orders which would allow the child to be raised by both of her mothers. It's sick. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go here.

It's all the same story...substitute sexual orientation for race or nationality...it's like a Mad Lib for bigotry.

So we start with "Jubilee." Genius Eleven and more videos below.

1. 10,000 Maniacs - "Jubilee"
2. R.E.M. - "Romance"
3. Suzanne Vega - "Blood Sings"
4. Dar Williams - "What Do You Hear In These Sounds"
5. Tori Amos - "Mother"
6. Toad The Wet Sprocket - "Pray Your Gods"
7. Elvis Costello and the Attractions - "Watch Your Step"
8. R.E.M./KRS-One - "Radio Song"
9. Annie Lennox - "Keep Young And Beautiful"
10. Suzanne Vega - "In The Eye"
11. Aimee Mann - "Beautiful"

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Suzanne Vega - "Blood Sings"

Elvis Costello


Thought for the Day

From a commenter at Sadly, No! (You should really read the whole post because it involves a hilarious queen-out from Bruce, THE Gay Wingnut, and those are always hilariously overwrought.):

Really, children, let’s not start that argument again. It doesn’t matter who is gayer than who, everyone is sufficiently gay in Jesus’ sight.

That's right. He's no respecter of gaynesses. As long as you are as gay as HE made you to be, you're doing FINE.